by HELEN GEIB
A monthly series. Title self-explanatory.
This is one of the most ravishingly beautiful and heartbreaking movies I know. I love it!
It’s an absolutely terrific film. And even though it’s not as fantastic a film, 2046 is also really good.
Did you guys know that Wong Kar Wai is directing the next Ip Man film and that it stars Tony Leung (the same Tony Leung one from this film)?
No, that’s very unexpected. He and Leung have worked together a lot. I really like Wong’s films and have seen most of them, a surprising number in the theater where you can really immerse yourself in the gorgeous imagery. When Ashes of Time was rereleased a few years ago I think I saw it four times.
@Miriam: Agree 100% on the big screen effect. Between new releases and revivals I’ve been fortunate to see most of his movies in the theater, before or after seeing them on DVD (providing though not for the purpose of comparison). It really heightens the emotional impact, to the point that his best films become almost unendurably beautiful and heartbreaking.
@Nir: I didn’t know that either. It is not a project I would have guessed, to say the least; especially as he hasn’t made a straight genre picture since his first movie (AS TEARS GO BY). Wong and the biopic is an unlikely yet intriguing combination. Per the IMDb it’s called THE GRANDMASTERS and is in post-production, so we should find out soon.
@Helen, yes we shall. :O)
Of Wong Kar Wai’s films I’ve only watched 2046 and then In the Mood for Love. I love them both. I eventually tried to watch Ashes of Time Redux, a couple of years back, for the first time and fell asleep within the first 15 minutes. Needless to say, it didn’t make a huge impression on me. Maybe I just prefer his urban jungle scenarios and aesthetics a lot more.
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